Watch: Amazing Stop Motion Video Took Nearly 2 Years & 288,000 Jelly Beans To Create

Singer Kina Grannis, who got her start on YouTube, is rocking the world of stop motion animation with a new video that went up on her channel earlier this week. The video, which was created over 22 months, took 1,357 hours, 30 people, 2 ladders, 1 still camera and 288,000 jelly beans.

Singer Kina Grannis, who got her start on YouTube, is rocking the world of stop motion animation with a new video that went up on her channel earlier this week.  The video, which was created over 22 months, took 1,357 hours, 30 people, 2 ladders, 1 still camera and 288,000 jelly beans.  Was it worth all the time, effort and candy?  Heck yeah!  The video is amazing.

According to the behind the scenes video, the idea for the video for Kina’s song ‘In Your Arms’ was conceived nearly two years ago.  Kina got a call from director Greg Jardin, who had been inspired by jelly bean art.  There are people out there that create “paintings” completely out of jelly beans.  Greg’s idea was to create a full stop motion video made out of jelly bean art.  Talk about a big undertaking.  And to take things a step further, he wanted it to be created entirely in camera with no green screen or after effects.  So the team set out on a mission to create huge frame after huge frame of jelly bean scenes for Kina to pose in front of, creating a fragment of a second at a time.  The results are beautiful.

The behind the scenes video shows how they pulled this incredible video off.  Greg storyboarded the concept with illustrator Lauren Gregg, then he created an animatic version of what the entire video would look like (more or less).  The animatic was split up into 2,300 images and one at a time they projected these images onto a table and filled it in with jellybeans.  Greg says that some frames took as little as five minutes to put together while others took as many as three hours!

When I originally saw the video I was sure that Kina was green screened into the frame after the fact.  After all, I thought it would have been far too painstaking for them to have actually shot her along with the jelly beans, frame by frame.  Turns out that the process was painstaking, but they did it anyway.  Check out the video below to be even more impressed by this amazing stop motion video, which has been viewed over 315,000 times so far, in only a couple of days.

Like stop motion?  Check out our list of 10 great viral stop motion videos from back in 2010 and a recent post with stop motion tips from stop motion extraordinaire, Kyle Roberts.

Oh, and thank you to John Pham and my brother Nick O’Neill for sharing this video with me!

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.